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In Memoriam: Television Stars We Lost in 2016

30 December 2016 3:07 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

2016 saw the passing of many notable television actors, including a TV mom and dad that many grew up watching.

Florence Henderson, aka Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch,” was the mother to the show’s six kids and by extension to multiple generations of TV viewers. The actress, who was also a talented stage performer and singer, died on November 24 at age 82. Earlier that week, she was seen cheering on her TV daughter Maureen McCormick – aka Marcia — on “Dancing With the Stars.” Active well into her golden years, Henderson even participated on the show in 2010. At the time of her death, she was developing another “Brady”-themed project for CBS. (Read her obituary here).

In December, Alan Thicke, the patriarch on “Growing Pains,” died at age 69. He died on December 13 after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his youngest son, Carter. A charismatic actor with a distinctive voice, Thicke »

- Lawrence Yee

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Zsa Zsa Gabor Dead at 99

18 December 2016 3:26 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Hollywood icon Zsa Zsa Gabor, whose vast, colorful career included numerous roles on screens both big and small, died Sunday after suffering a heart attack. She was 99.

The Hungarian-born beauty queen’s TV credits included guest stints on The Milton Berle Show, Batman, Gilligan’s Island, Bonanza, The Love Boat, The Facts of Life, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She often played herself.

Gabor made a cameo in 1996’s A Very Brady Sequel, in what would end up being her final acting role.

Gabor’s personal life was the stuff of legend. The socialite was married nine times, »

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Hollywood Legend Zsa Zsa Gabor Dies at 99

18 December 2016 2:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Zsa Zsa Gabor, whose 60-year career of playing herself helped paved the way for today’s celebrity-obsessed culture, has died. She was 99.

Publicist Ed Lozzi confirmed to Variety that Gabor died Sunday in her Bel Air mansion. She had been on life support for the last five years, and according to TMZ, which first reported the news, she died of a heart attack.

While Gabor had multiple acting credits, her greatest performance was playing herself: She was famous for her accented English (calling everyone “darling,” which came out “dah-link”), eccentric name, offscreen antics (including a 1989 incident in which she slapped a Beverly Hills cop) and one-liners about her jewels, nine marriages and ex-husbands. Despite her glamorous image, her life, especially in later years, was marred by battles between her much-younger husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt and her daughter.

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Hollywood Stars and Icons Lost in 2016

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How Alan Thicke Scored His Role in Growing Pains — and the Hollywood Action Star Who Almost Got the Part

14 December 2016 12:03 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Alan Thicke, who died Tuesday at the age of 69, was widely known for his starring role as Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains — but it was a role he almost didn’t get.

When the role first came up, Thicke was coming off the failure of his 1983 syndicated late night talk show Thicke of the Night — which was meant to rival Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show but ended up being canceled within its first year. His reputation damaged, Thicke was worried the show’s demise might have actually marked the end of his on-camera career.

“Every time I read about it, »

- Dave Quinn

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Alan Thicke’s Boldest Alt-Comedy Moments: Watch Him on ‘Tim and Eric’ and More

14 December 2016 7:42 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last night, actor Alan Thicke, best known as patriarch Dr. Jason Seaver on the ABC family sitcom “Growing Pains,” died of a heart attack. He was 69 years old.

Read More: Gene Wilder, Star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Young Frankenstein,’ Dies at 83

Besides playing one of America’s most beloved TV dads, Thicke was a presence on many alt-comedy shows on Adult Swim, often making self-deprecating, strange cameo appearances. In one episode of “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” Thicke advertised “The Cinco Napple,” an apple with a sleeping aid.

He made an appearance on “The Eric Andre Show” where he and David Alan Grier closed out the show with a goofy, upbeat song.

Thicke also appeared in the final episode of the short-lived series “The Jack and Triumph Show,” starring Jack Brayer (“30 Rock”) and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

Finally, Thicke even made a guest appearance on a first season episode of “Scream Queens, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Alan Thicke’s Boldest Alt-Comedy Moments: Watch Him on ‘Tim and Eric’ and More

14 December 2016 7:42 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last night, actor Alan Thicke, best known as patriarch Dr. Jason Seaver on the ABC family sitcom “Growing Pains,” died of a heart attack. He was 69 years old.

Read More: Gene Wilder, Star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Young Frankenstein,’ Dies at 83

Besides playing one of America’s most beloved TV dads, Thicke was a presence on many alt-comedy shows on Adult Swim, often making self-deprecating, strange cameo appearances. In one episode of “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” Thicke advertised “The Cinco Napple,” an apple with a sleeping aid.

He made an appearance on “The Eric Andre Show” where he and David Alan Grier closed out the show with a goofy, upbeat song.

Thicke also appeared in the final episode of the short-lived series “The Jack and Triumph Show,” starring Jack Brayer (“30 Rock”) and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

Finally, Thicke even made a guest appearance on a first season episode of “Scream Queens, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Alan Thicke's TV Theme Song Legacy: The Man Behind The Facts of Life, Diff'rent Strokes and More Opening Numbers

14 December 2016 6:49 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Alan Thicke had quite the career in front of the camera, most recently popping up on This Is Us and Fuller House, but the beloved sitcom dad also had a hand in things behind the camera, namely writing some of TV's most beloved theme songs. In the 1980s, Thicke, who passed away from a heart attack at 69 on Tuesday, Dec. 13, helped create a number of iconic TV theme songs, most notably the opening numbers for The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes. "It Takes Diff'rent Strokes," the theme song for Diff'rent Strokes, the 1980s comedy starring Gary Coleman, Dana Plato, Todd Bridges and Conrad Bain was composed by Thicke, his then-wife Gloria Loring and Al Burton. Thicke sang on the opening »

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Alan Thicke’s Best Television Theme Songs: 11 Unforgettable Tracks

14 December 2016 6:27 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Alan Thicke, who died Tuesday at the age of 69, was widely known for his starring role as Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains. But the actor also had a successful side gig as a composer to some of television’s most memorable theme songs.

Here are 11 of his biggest hits:

Diff’rent Strokes

The NBC sitcom, about a rich white New York businessman who adopts two black boys from Harlem after their mother’s death, made stars out of Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges. The show premiered in Nov. 1978 and aired on the peacock network for seven seasons before moving »

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'Growing Pains' Star Alan Thicke Dead at 69

13 December 2016 7:47 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Alan Thicke, the actor, talk show host and composer known for his turn as the Seaver family patriarch on the sitcom Growing Pains, died of a heart attack Tuesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 69.

Thicke reportedly suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with one of his sons. He was taken to a Los Angeles area hospital where he was pronounced dead. He is survived by his wife Tanya and sons Brennan, Carter and the pop star Robin Thicke.

Growing Pains ran for seven seasons on ABC between »

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Alan Thicke, ‘Growing Pains’ Dad, Dies at 69

13 December 2016 6:07 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Alan Thicke, the “Growing Pains” star who played one of the quintessential television fathers of the 1980s, died Tuesday. He was 69.

Thicke’s manager confirmed the actor’s death.

According to the website TMZ, Thicke, who was the father of singer Robin Thicke, suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his son Carter. He was taken to Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., where he died.

Thicke remained a consistent presence on TV in recent years with guest appearances on NBC’s “This Is Us” and Netflix’s “Fuller House.” He also starred on the Pop reality series “Unusually Thicke,” which focused on his personal life.

As an actor, he was best known for “Growing Pains,” the multi-camera family comedy that aired on ABC from 1985 to 1992. Thicke played Jason Seaver, a psychiatrist and patriarch of a Long Island family. Working out of the family’s home after his wife returned to her career »

- Daniel Holloway

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Alan Thicke, Growing Pains Star, Dies at 69

13 December 2016 6:07 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Alan Thicke, widely known for his starring role as Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains, has died, People confirms. He was 69.

A rep for Alan’s son, Robin Thicke, confirmed to People on Tuesday that the veteran actor, who starred in Growing Pains from 1985-1992, passed away.

The Los Angeles Times spoke with Robin Thicke on Tuesday evening, and he called his father “the greatest man I ever met.” He confirmed that Thicke suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his son Carter, and that one of the last things he said was a compliment to his son on a nice shot. »

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Alan Thicke Dead at 69

13 December 2016 6:04 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Television vet Alan Thicke, best known for starring as Dr. Jason Seaver on the ABC family sitcom Growing Pains, has died, his publicist confirms for TVLine. He was 69.

RelatedAlan Thicke Remembered as ‘Old-School Pro’ and ‘Genuinely Nice Guy’

TMZ reported that the actor suffered a heart attack Tuesday while playing hockey with his son. He was pronounced dead at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

Thicke’s pre-Growing Pains TV credits included episodes of The Love Boat. After Growing Pains (for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination) wrapped its seven-season run in 1992, he went on to costar »

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Sliff 2016 – The Importance Of Doubting Tom Screens at Sliff November 8th

3 November 2016 2:45 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Importance Of Doubting Tom screens Tuesday November 8th at 7pm at Landmark’s The Tivoli Theater as part of The St. Louis International Film Festival. Ticket information can be found Here

Local actress and filmmaker Vanessa Roman presents her years-in-the-making feature debut The Importance Of Doubting Tom, a romantic screwball comedy set against the backdrop of a dart league. It tells the story of Gwen, who is shaken and confused by a recent breakup from the guy she thought was the one, but something doesn’t seem right. In searching for the truth, mixed identities, comic hijinks, and lover’s games ensue in this. Roman based her original script both on the classic Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest and on her experience playing darts at St. Louis’ own Blueberry Hill, which is where she met her husband John.

Roman has assembled a first-rate cast and crew »

- Tom Stockman

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‘All in the Family,’ ‘Maude’ Writer Austin Kalish Dies at 95

6 October 2016 3:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Prolific comedy writer Austin Kalish, who with his wife Irma wrote landmark episodes of “Maude” and “All in the Family,” as well as the pilot for “Gilligan’s Island,” died early Wednesday. He was 95.

Kalish’s son, writer-producer Bruce Kalish, confirmed his death in a Facebook post Thursday. “He squeezed every bit of life he had out of his 95 years here on this planet,” Bruce Kalish wrote. “You may not have known him but you watched his shows.”

Austin “Rocky” Kalish and Irma Kalish wrote one of the most talked-about episodes of comedy in primetime history, the 1973 “Maude’s Choice” episode of the Bea Arthur comedy in which the titular character wrestles with the decision to have an abortion after an unexpected pregnancy. Airing in the same year that the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, the episode brought the polarizing issue squarely into America’s living rooms.

The »

- Variety Staff

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Contest: Win Lady In White on Blu-ray

24 September 2016 9:51 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A small town harbors a supernatural secret in Frank Laloggia's Lady in White, hitting high-definition courtesy of Scream Factory on Tuesday, September 27th, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Lady in White.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Lady in White Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on September 30th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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From the Press Release: "Sometimes it takes a little help from the living for the dead to rest. Scream Factory™ proudly presents Lady in White for the first time »

- Derek Anderson

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Lady In White Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

23 September 2016 9:12 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory takes horror fans back to a fateful Halloween night in 1962 with two high-definition clips and a trailer from their Lady in White Blu-ray, floating onto shelves on Tuesday, September 27th with a new director's cut.

From the Press Release: "Sometimes it takes a little help from the living for the dead to rest. Scream Factory™ proudly presents Lady in White for the first time ever on Blu-ray on September 27, 2016. This 2-disc set includes the never-before-released full-length director’s cut, extended behind-the-scenes footage, and many more special features.

For ten year old Frankie Scarletti (played by Lukas Haas), school isn’t just a place for learning. On Halloween of 1962, after being forced to spend the night locked in the coffin-like confines of his fourth-grade cloakroom, Frankie discovers the ghost of a little girl who was murdered in the very same room ten years earlier by a serial killer that »

- Derek Anderson

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Actress Pamela Adlon on New FX Series ‘Better Things,’ Sundance Movie ‘First Girl I Loved’

8 September 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Pamela Adlon — who got her start on shows that included “The Facts of Life,” and went on to voice Bobby Hill in “King of the Hill” — is co-creator (with Louis C.K.) and star of the FX series “Better Things,” which debuts Sept. 8. She can also be seen — or heard — this year in seven animated series and a film that debuted at Sundance, “First Girl I Loved.”

What was your big break?

When I think about my “big break,” I don’t think about my first job, because I was a child actor. I feel like things started turning around for me when I did [the 1996 film] “Bed of Roses.” That was right after my dad had passed away suddenly, and things started shifting for me. That film was a big deal for my career.

Do you prefer live action or voiceover acting?

I love being in the recording studio, just because it’s easier. I love it »

- Arya Roshanian

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Actress Pamela Adlon on New FX Series ‘Better Things,’ Sundance Movie ‘First Girl I Loved’

8 September 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pamela Adlon — who got her start on shows that included “The Facts of Life,” and went on to voice Bobby Hill in “King of the Hill” — is co-creator (with Louis C.K.) and star of the FX series “Better Things,” which debuts Sept. 8. She can also be seen — or heard — this year in seven animated series and a film that debuted at Sundance, “First Girl I Loved.”

What was your big break?

When I think about my “big break,” I don’t think about my first job, because I was a child actor. I feel like things started turning around for me when I did [the 1996 film] “Bed of Roses.” That was right after my dad had passed away suddenly, and things started shifting for me. That film was a big deal for my career.

Do you prefer live action or voiceover acting?

I love being in the recording studio, just because it’s easier. »

- Arya Roshanian

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The Top Ten Funny Ladies of the Movies

7 August 2016 10:29 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady. »

- Jim Batts

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The Importance Of Doubting Tom Screens Sunday at The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

12 July 2016 8:28 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Importance Of Doubting Tom screens Sunday July 17th at 6:30pm at Landmark’s The Tivoli Theater as part of the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. Ticket information can be found Here

Local actress and filmmaker Vanessa Roman presents her years-in-the-making feature debut The Importance Of Doubting Tom, a romantic screwball comedy set against the backdrop of a dart league. It tells the story of Gwen, who is shaken and confused by a recent breakup from the guy she thought was the one, but something doesn’t seem right. In searching for the truth, mixed identities, comic hijinks, and lover’s games ensue in this. Roman based her original script both on the classic Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest and on her experience playing darts at St. Louis’ own Blueberry Hill, which is where she met her husband John.

Roman has assembled a first-rate cast and crew »

- Tom Stockman

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